NASA GSFC Seeks CubeSat Simulator Intern
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is offering a paid “CubeSat Simulator Upgrade Plus” internship position for the Spring 2015 semester. Applications are being taken on the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) recruiting website. The deadline to apply is November 9.
“The objective of this opportunity is to allow a university-level student to rework, repair and improve a prototype 1-Unit CubeSat simulator/model on loan from AMSAT and then to share his or her experiences as a result,” said Pat Kilroy, N8PK. The prototype involved is similar to that described in The AMSAT Journal article, “Education With a Satellite Simulator: ETP CubeSat Simulator,” by Mark Spencer, WA8SME, who is ARRL Education and Technology Program Coordinator. Part 1 of the article appeared in the September/October 2009 issue, Part 2 in the November/December 2009 issue.
The position requires a course of study in engineering — electrical or electronics engineering or electrical and computer engineering —for university students in their junior or senior years or beyond. Experience in hardware is also required. All applicants must hold US citizenship.
The ideal candidate would be a well-rounded individual with excellent knowledge of, and experience with, Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office — especially in using spreadsheets — electrical and electronic circuits (theory and practice), microcontrollers, interfacing, and the use of basic laboratory test equipment and procedures. Familiarity with the CubeSat community is important.
A proficiency in either C++ or a similar programming language for microcontrollers and the desire to learn a new one is necessary. A basic understanding of data acquisition, signal processing, or control is required. Hands-on experience in building, repairing, or upgrading PCs or other electronic gear, or just getting things to work is required, and the intern should possess mechanical and electrical construction skills.
Experience in RF or wireless technology — anywhere between 3 and 2400 MHz — is very important, and holding or being able to obtain an Amateur Radio license plus practical radio experience are distinct advantages. A good attitude and exceptional willingness to learn and to contribute as a team player are essential qualities. Applicants should be reliable, punctual self-starters with the ability and desire to work independently for long periods. They also should possess excellent communication skills — verbal, writing, and, especially, e-mail.